The Supreme Court on Thursday approved the draft Constitution submitted by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) with some changes.
It granted full permanent membership to the Railways, Tri-Services, and Association of Indian Universities among others.
This restoration of permanent membership and votes, is in reversal of the top court's earlier verdict mandating "one state one vote".
Pronouncing the judgment, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra restored the voting rights of the cricket associations of Gujarat and Maharashtra including Baroda, Saurashtra, Vidarbha and others.
The court cited the historical existence and contribution of these cricketing bodies in the rise and growth of the sport in India.
The Bench, also consisting of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, ordered that the modified Constitution be registered within four weeks.
It also asked the state associations to adopt the Constitution in the next 30 days after the BCCI Constitution has been registered.
Justice DY Chandrachud also confirmed that every office-bearer will have to undergo a cooling period after two consecutive terms. The Lodha Committee Report submitted in 2016 regarding the workings of the BCCI, had suggested a cooling period for office-bearers after each term.
The SC had earlier asked all state cricketing bodies to stop elections till it pronounced a verdict on the draft constitution for the BCCI, which incorporated the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee.
The Lodha committee formed in January 2015 submitted its recommendations for reforms in the BCCI, in 2016. In a landmark decision the same year, the SC had approved most of the reforms suggested by the committee.
With IANS inputs